- Created: Monday, 11 May 2009 19:35
- Written by FRFI
A recent London inquest heard a list of ‘systematic failings’ by Pentonville prison over the death of Paul Calvert in October 2004. Paul, a 40-year-old heroin addict from Hackney, was the father of two children. The court heard he had made many attempts to stop using illegal drugs. The jury was told he had a history of depression and self-harm.
The original allegations against Paul had been dropped but he was arrested for breach of bail conditions. Two days after he arrived at Pentonville, Paul climbed up pipes; after pressing the emergency button, he hanged himself from the cell window with his belt. Witnesses testified that they warned officers he was depressed, yet they moved his cellmate into another cell, leaving him alone.